The Idiotarod shopping cart race was originally started in 1994 by a bunch of freaks in San Francisco who took their inspiration from the Alaskan dog-sledding race, Iditarod. The NYC Idiotarod was reborn last Saturday under the new management of FERA (Federal Emergency Racing Agency) following the disastrous misinformation campaign that almost destroyed Idiotarod last year.
I joined the participants at the start of the race at Brooklyn Bridge Park on what was possibly the coldest day of the year so far (-10C/14F) and followed them on my bicycle on Cobble Hill and then to Brooklyn Crab out at Red Hook. The race continued on to Carroll St in Carroll Gardens but as I’d lost all feeling in my feet for over two hours, I dropped out at that point and made my way to Gowanus Ballroom where the race was going to finish and the after party featuring the awesome Cartapult was taking place.
The pictures on this page are of the race itself – the next post will feature pictures from the after party at Gowanus Ballroom. I have little doubt the success of this years Idiotarod will spawn even more mad entries for next years race. I will be there. I’d suggest you make a point of being there too. And in the meantime come back tomorrow to see the After Party pictures from the always awesome Gowanus Ballroom.